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The London Business School China Business Forum 2017 will be held at

Merchant Taylors' Hall, London

Introduction of the Merchant Taylors' Hall

The Merchant Taylors' Hall was the finalist of the Best Historic Venue of the London Venue Awards 2016.

The Merchant Taylors' Company has occupied this site since 1347. It was the first medieval hall built in London and referred to as ‘Taillourshalle’. It was first destroyed in the ‘Great Fire of London’ in 1666. The walls survived and the Hall was rebuilt by 1688. In 1940, in World War Two, the Hall was hit by incendiary bombs. The only rooms that didn’t burn were the Court Room and the Library. The Hall was re-opened again in its present form in 1959.

Introduction of Selected Rooms

Western Entrance

This was created in 1843 to replace an entrance via the Garden. On display are two Hearse Cloths. One, of an Italian design dates from 1490. The other is of an English design dated 1512. The statue is of St. John the Baptist. It is a copy of the original which is housed in a museum in Venice.

Drawing Room

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Restored after WWII. Hand painted 19th Century Chinese wallpaper set on screens. Two Waterford Crystal chandeliers, also 19th Century. The cabinets house some of the Company’s Spode Minton China. The small display case holds badges worn by the Barge crews and other Company memorabilia.

King’s Gallery

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King James 1st dined in this room in 1607. The widows were fitted after the date as his Majesty thought that it ‘would have been nice to see his subjects dining below in the Hall’. It is rumored that the Nation’s present National Anthem was first played here on that occasion.


Destroyed in 1940 but restored to its previous style. Fortunately, the paintings and treasures had been removed prior to the bombs. Ceiling crests and painting include Edward 111 (Grant of 1st Letters Patent 1327) and George North (Clerk 1709) and H M Queen Elizabeth (Hon. Freeman, 1941), etc.


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Re-built in its present style in 1879. Many of the books are first editions and many relate to Merchant Taylors’ family of Schools. The Victorian desk was at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. The design of the carpet (the third of its type) is an exact copy in color and design of the original ceiling.

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Venue Address: The Merchant Taylors' Hall, 30 Threadneedle Street, London, EC2R 8JB

Take a 360 Tour at the venue

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